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Writing a Tough Letter to Big Papi

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe

With Toddler Along, Dad Needs a Timeout

Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal

Ryan Obsessed With Patriots

Ron Borges, Boston Herald

Pats 2-Faced in Revis Tampering

Manish Mehta, New York Daily News

Dear David, How are you? It’s been a while since we spoke, and I suppose that’s my fault. Our last couple of conversations were a little contentious, and I have a sense you are...(full article)

Let's say you are a young mother, home one summer night with your live-in boyfriend. Your 8-month-old baby is sleeping peacefully in the other room. Then, through the blinds in you...(full article)

Earlier this week, I took my 2-year-old son to an NBA basketball game, Nets versus Celtics in Brooklyn. I know, I know, I know. I’ll stop you right there. If you have children ...(full article)

PHOENIX — Rex Ryan is beginning to sound like Captain Ahab chasing Moby Dick, and we all know how that turned out. The new coach of the Buffalo Bills spent more than an hour yest...(full article)

The NFL’s fight for truth, justice and the American way ventured into the ridiculous two days before Darrelle Revis agreed to a blockbuster deal to return to the Jets. The le...(full article)

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